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The art of looking : how to read modern and contemporary art

Esplund, Lance. (Author).

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Kirtland Community College Library N 6490 .E87 2018 30775305542129 General Collection Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780465094660
  • ISBN: 046509466X
  • Physical Description: print
    277 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-262) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Section I: Fundamentals. Encountering art -- The living organism -- Hearts and minds -- Artists as storytellers -- Art is a lie -- Section II: Close encounters. Awakening: Balthus--The cat with a mirror I -- Sensing: Joan Mitchell--Two sunflowers -- Growing: Jean Arp--Growth -- Igniting: James Turrell--Perfectly clear -- Evolving: Paul Klee--Signs in yellow -- Interacting: Marina Abramović--The generator -- Journeying: Richard Serra--torqued spirals and ellipses at Dia:Beacon -- Goading: Robert Gober--Untitled leg -- Alchemizing: Richard Tuttle--White Balloon with blue light -- Submerging: Jeremy Blake--The Winchester trilogy -- Looking further.
Summary, etc.: "The landscape of contemporary art has changed dramatically during the last hundred years: from Malevich's 1915 painting of a single black square and Duchamp's 1917 signed porcelain urinal to Jackson Pollock's midcentury "drip" paintings; Chris Burden's "Shoot" (1971), in which the artist was voluntarily shot in the arm with a rifle; Urs Fischer's "You" (2007), a giant hole dug in the floor of a New York gallery; and the conceptual and performance art of today's Ai Weiwei and Marina Abramovic. The shifts have left the art-viewing public (understandably) perplexed. In The Art of Looking, renowned art critic Lance Esplund demonstrates that works of modern and contemporary art are not as indecipherable as they might seem. With patience, insight, and wit, Esplund guides us through the last century of art and empowers us to approach and appreciate it with new eyes. Eager to democratize genres that can feel inaccessible, Esplund encourages viewers to trust their own taste, guts, and common sense. The Art of Looking will open the eyes of viewers who think that recent art is obtuse, nonsensical, and irrelevant, as well as the eyes of those who believe that the art of the past has nothing to say to our present." -- Publisher's description
Subject: Art, Modern
Art appreciation
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